Living Into Thankfulness

Ok, so I know that Thanksgiving is behind us. Still, there's plenty of things to be thankful for. This year, I'm thankful for... 1. The glimpses God gives you into the lives you've impacted. I love watching so...

8 Ideas for Leading the Next Generation

Any leader working with the youth of America can attest to the fact this generation is different than all others before it. Today's youth speak in a language we don't always understand, run circles around us wi...

Give Thanks

Stressed-out high schoolers, hyperactive junior highers, angry parents, a temperamental church van and leadership that wants to “have a talk.” For many ministries, it’s easy to get down in the dumps and, ...

Engaging Student Athletes

Last week I overheard another youth worker sharing his frustration about students constantly prioritizing their sports commitments over youth ministry events. I could relate. I have often found myself frustra...

Becoming a Great Teacher

  Should youth ministers consider themselves teachers?  The short answer is 'Yes'.  Spiritual Education is exactly that – education.  I have yet to meet a youth worker in which some form of spiritu...

Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do

What do we do with the stuff we don't want to do? Everyone—whether grade school student, college student, first-time mom, mailman, telemarketer, professional athlete, CEO or youth pastor—from time to time ...

Failure to Thrive

There is a medical term related to children called “Failure to Thrive.” At least I think there is. I don’t know if you know this, but I’m not a doctor (though I promise I’m a youth pastor)!  I’ve ...

We Lost a Senior Higher

Whenever there is a change in church leadership, we face one of the difficult truths of youth ministry; the church inevitably “loses” their juniors and seniors.